Thursday, 10 December 2020

Dr Fauci reassures his 'African-American brothers and sisters' that Moderna vaccine was developed with help of a black doctor - a woman who once claimed coronavirus was a 'genocide' and doctors were 'letting black patients die'

 Dr Fauci has highlighted a black doctor who worked with Moderna on their coronavirus vaccine in an attempt to reassure African Americans that the procedure is safe.

But it has been revealed that Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett is also famed for her wild conspiracy theories, claiming early this year that coronavirus was a 'genocide' against black people and that doctors would allow African American patients to die.

Corbett, or 'Kizzy' as she prefers to be known on social media, is the National Institute of Health's lead scientist for coronavirus vaccine research and was part of the team who worked with biotechnology company Moderna on one of the two mRNA vaccines that is expected to receive authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration later this month. 

Dr Anthony Fauci is attempting to encourage African-Americans to get the COVID vaccine and highlighted a black doctor's involvement in its creation

Dr Anthony Fauci is attempting to encourage African-Americans to get the COVID vaccine and highlighted a black doctor's involvement in its creation

Dr Kizzmekia Corbett, an NIH immunologist who worked with the government to develop a vaccine for the contagious virus, suggested in a post in April the coronavirus pandemic could be a 'genocide' against black people

Dr Kizzmekia Corbett, an NIH immunologist who worked with the government to develop a vaccine for the contagious virus, suggested in a post in April the coronavirus pandemic could be a 'genocide' against black people 

Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, left, senior research fellow and scientific lead for coronavirus vaccines talks with President Donald Trump as he tours the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Pictured in March 2020

Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, left, senior research fellow and scientific lead for coronavirus vaccines talks with President Donald Trump as he tours the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Pictured in March 2020

Dr. 'Kizzy' Corbett was accused of writing controversial tweets about the COVID-19 pandemic -including this one shared in April

Dr. 'Kizzy' Corbett was accused of writing controversial tweets about the COVID-19 pandemic -including this one shared in April

Dr Corbett also theorized that the Task Force were 'indebted to serve Trump, NOT the people'

Dr Corbett also theorized that the Task Force were 'indebted to serve Trump, NOT the people'

Her unprofessional social media posts were publicized on Fox News in April. Soon afterwards, Dr Corbett switched her account to private, although is has now been made public once again.


In tweets, Dr Corbett appeared contemptuous of the White House Coronavirus Task force and suggested that it was 'largely people (white men) Trump appointed to their positions as directors of blah blah institute'. 

She theorized that they were 'indebted to serve Trump, NOT the people'. 

When she received pushback on her post, the immunologist insisted she wasn't dismissing white men, but rather the 'system that they curated'.  

Corbett, who is 34 years old, has been described as a 'superstar scientist'. 

She has appeared on CNN and was praised by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris for 'leading the charge' in developing a coronavirus vaccine. 

'The world owes you and your team a debt of gratitude,' Harris cooed. 

Dr Kizzmekia Corbett has posted several controversial tweets on her social media account dating back to February of this year, however she was heavily involved in the development of a vaccine

Dr Kizzmekia Corbett has posted several controversial tweets on her social media account dating back to February of this year, however she was heavily involved in the development of a vaccine

Dr Corbett, who is only 34 years old, has been described as a 'superstar scientist'

Dr Corbett, who is only 34 years old, has been described as a 'superstar scientist'

Dr Corbett's Twitter page ended up going private after her account was publicized by Fox News in April, although it is now public once again

Dr Corbett's Twitter page ended up going private after her account was publicized by Fox News in April, although it is now public once again

Kamala Harris cooed over the top immunologist in a Twitter post from the spring

Kamala Harris cooed over the top immunologist in a Twitter post from the spring

Dr Corbett has appeared on CNN and was praised by then California Senator Kamala Harris for 'leading the charge' in developing a coronavirus vaccine

Dr Corbett has appeared on CNN and was praised by then California Senator Kamala Harris for 'leading the charge' in developing a coronavirus vaccine

On Tuesday Dr. Fauci spoke at an event hosted by the National Urban League. 

He said it was important to acknowledge the US history of racism in medical research and understood how it has fostered mistrust among some black people. 

But Fauci also stressed the Covid-19 vaccines were both safe and effective emphasizing African American scientists had been involved in their creation. 

'The very vaccine that's one of the two that has absolutely exquisite levels -- 94 to 95% efficacy against clinical disease and almost 100% efficacy against serious disease that are shown to be clearly safe -- that vaccine was actually developed in my institute's vaccine research center by a team of scientists led by Dr. Barney Graham and his close colleague, Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, or Kizzy Corbett,' Fauci said. 

'So, the first thing you might want to say to my African American brothers and sisters is that the vaccine that you're going to be taking was developed by an African American woman,' Fauci added. 'And that is just a fact.'    

With her Twitter account now public once again, the doctor tweeted her involvement in the development of the COVID vaccine

With her Twitter account now public once again, the doctor tweeted her involvement in the development of the COVID vaccine

Black Americans and other ethnic minorities have been disproportionately affected by Covid-19 so experts are taking it upon themselves to try to build confidence in the vaccine. 

A study released by the COVID Collaborative, the NAACP and UnidosUS found that only 14% of black Americans trust that a vaccine will be safe and 18% trust it will be effective.     

Corbett told CNN that she sees vaccine hesitancy in black communities regularly and notes rebuilding trust in medical institutions will take time. 

'I would say to people who are vaccine-hesitant that you've earned the right to ask the questions that you have around these vaccines and this vaccine development process,' she says in an upcoming episode of the CNN podcast 'Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction.'

Aside from the controversial tweets, Corbett was outspoken on the role systemic racism has played in the pandemic criticized the Trump administration for the lack of diversity on the coronavirus task force.

'Trust, especially when it has been stripped from people, has to be rebuilt in a brick-by-brick fashion and so, what I say to people firstly is that I empathize, and then secondly is that I'm going to do my part in laying those bricks. And I think that if everyone on our side, as physicians and scientists, went about it that way, then the trust would start to be rebuilt.'   

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